The New Jersey Superior Court, Chancery Division-Family Part, Hudson Vicinage is located at 595 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ. “595” is where all family law issues are heard before the various judges that focus on family law matters that pertain to Hudson County residents who seek to file new motions, divorce cases, domestic violence/restraining orders, child custody, and/ or former Hudson County residents that seek to modify an old court order. Jersey City Attorney Santo Artusa focuses his practice primarily on family law matters in New Jersey. Mr. Artusa’s team is well versed in family law matters appearing before Judges Daniel D’Alessandro, Judge Maureen Mantineo, Judge Anthony D’Elia, Judge Mirtha Ospina, Judge Espinales, Judge Vito Scianclepore, arguing on behalf of their clients who seek: divorces, annulments, child custody, modifications of court orders, alimony, child support, domestic violence restraining orders, and beyond. If you have a case based in Hudson County and seek representation from attorneys that know and understand how to approach family law issues, contact the Artusa Law Firm today on 973-337-9643 to discuss your case confidentially.
Hudson County Divorce Lawyers and divorce lawyers throughout the country often field this question and we will quickly discuss the importance of filing for divorce first. This is what you need to know in short.
A divorce is considered a civil action in the New Jersey courts. There is a plaintiff and a defendant (in adultery cases there are defendants). One question people ask at times but not enough is, Does it matter who files first in a divorce in New Jersey?
In a case that has issues to determine, the answer is YES. The plaintiff is the person that files for divorce first and sets the tone for the entire case. He or she can file the case and file a motion for various relief right away placing the defendant against the ropes. Smart and experienced New Jersey Divorce Lawyers can help your case by deciding the order in which the case is heard, can start with a motion or at trial, the plaintiff starts the case and controls the order of it. A first impression with a New Jersey Divorce Judge goes along way and the same hold trues in a divorce trial or other family law case (who brings the motion first). It is very hard to undo a first impression and very hard to stop the momentum the Plaintiff has going for him or her in a trial or motion. This hold true whether the case is in Union County, Hudson County, Bergen or beyond, the New Jersey Divorce Rules govern all the divorce courts and trials.
DIVORCE STRATEGY IN NEW JERSEY
If you work with skilled and learned New Jersey divorce lawyers, he or she will plan out a strategy for your case to help you achieve your case goals. The case can be settled along the way or it can go to trial, either way, you must prepare as if you are going to trial so that you can negotiate from a position of strength, not weakness. If your opponent knows you are not ready, why would they negotiate and reach a fair deal with you? They will not.
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WHAT IF I HAVE BEEN SERVED WITH NEW JERSEY DIVORCE PAPERS OR FAMILY COURT MOTION PAPERS?
If your spouse has filed and you are the Defendant, there is still much that can be done and it can be argued that the Defense has an upper hand because they get to go after the Plaintiff finishes their case, after cross-examination and beyond in a divorce in New Jersey. Regardless if you have been served, if you work with the right New Jersey divorce attorney, a strategy can be planned and the fight will begin. When you are served with motion papers or divorce papers you only have a certain amount of time and time is of the essence. Many people come into New Jersey Divorce Attorney Santo Artusa’s office after receiving divorce papers from: The Weinberger Law Group, Freeman Hughes, Weiner Lesniak, Irwin Tubman, Greenberg Walden Grossman, Chasan Leyner Lamparello, Anthony Carbone, Miller Meyerson and Corbo, Karen Saminski, Lesnevich and Marzano, Lyons and Associates, Maurice Giro, Einhorn Harris, Micklin Law Group, Edward Weinstein, Riker Danzig, Lofaro and Headley, Moskowitz Law Group and many others. Each attorney has a different style and it is important to know who you are dealing with in a family law and divorce case in Hudson County, Essex County, Union County, Somerset County, Middlesex County, Bergen County and beyond. The Artusa Law Firm is skilled in representing people in sensitive family law matters and is experienced in arguing before the Judges in Hudson County and throughout Central and Northern New Jersey.
Every divorce case is unique and needs an essential attention to details and patience. The Artusa Law Firm is here for people seeking help navigating through the family law and divorce world in New Jersey. If you seek a consultation in our Jersey City office, contact us today on 973-337-9643 today.
How often do you practice family law or divorce cases?
How often do you practice child custody cases?
How do I start the divorce process?
Typically how long does a divorce take?
How much is a divorce?
What is your hourly rate?
Who will handle the case, which attorney?
What if my spouse does not agree to the divorce?
Am I able to obtain alimony or must I pay alimony?
How is child support calculated?
How often must I attend court?
Do I have to attend marriage counseling?
Do I have to attend parenting classes or mediation?
We agree on everything, do we need to go to court?
I cannot find my spouse, how can I get a divorce?
These are some very general questions people usually ask or should ask when meeting with an attorney. You should also feel comfortable with the attorney you meet because you will need to work together to achieve your case goals. For an appointment in our Jersey City office, contact us on 201-706-7910.
Divorce Lawyers in Jersey City and throughout America are in the midst of the “Divorce Rush” that happens every January after the Holiday season. People are so surprised when I tell them how busy the first Monday of January is and the weeks/months that follow. Some people incorrectly assume that when they hear the word divorce, they think all of the cases involve a family breaking up or people that still live together calling it quits. While that is true at times, there are many “dead” marriages where the parties have not lived together in years, have not spoken in years, do not have children or if they do, the non-custodial parent is not around or cannot be located. Every case is very different and fact specific.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW AND WHAT TO STAY AWAY FROM
There are services out there that will complete the divorce paperwork for you and let you do the rest. If you have the time to spare, go for it, if you work or are busy, do not waste your time with a service, hire an experienced divorce lawyer to handle the case for you so you can focus on what is important to you. Dealing with any court takes persistence and patience, especially a busy court such as the Hudson County Superior Court. Hudson is one of the busiest courts in New Jersey for divorce, family law, criminal and civil actions.
WHEN YOU ARE READY TO FILE, SPEAK TO YOUR SPOUSE BEFORE YOU FILE AND LET YOUR SPOUSE KNOW YOU WANT HIM OR HER TO SIGN OR IF NOT TO REACH AN ACCORD. WE CAN HELP YOU WITH REACHING AN AGREEMENT TOO.
IF YOU CANNOT LOCATE YOUR SPOUSE, WE CAN HELP YOU TOO BUT IT WILL TAKE LONGER, BUT IT WILL GET DONE!
After the slow season in December, the courts are buzzing with people who want to address their New Year’s resolutions, tons of papers to file, lines to file and trying to get court dates for new cases while old cases are trying to be completed. If you seek to move forward with a divorce or family law case, contact the team at the Artusa Law Firm which is located in the Capital One Building in Jersey City (921 Bergen Avenue) on 201-706-7910 today for a confidential appointment.
Do you have a case before the Honorable Judge Nesle Rodriguez in the Jersey City-Hudson County Family Court located at 595 Newark Avenue, Room 706, Jersey City, NJ? Judge Rodriguez hears and decides child custody, child support, divorce, parenting time, college contribution costs, medical reimbursements, enforcement of court orders, motions to reconsider, emergency hearings and beyond. As of the time of this blog, the Judge is only one of three judges focusing on matrimonial issues in Jersey City-Hudson County, which is crazy if you think about it because the court is considered a high volume courthouse. Judge Rodriguez was the head judge in the Jersey City Municipal Court prior to her appointment to the Superior Court. Judge Carlo Abad became the head judge in the municipal court in courtroom 4 located at 365 Summit Avenue, Jersey City, NJ.
The majority of cases heard by Judge Rodriguez were driving while intoxicated, driving while impaired, criminal cases, drug possession cases and other matters. In the family court, the Judge tries to focus on solution to family law issues between the parties without having to issue a judgment or order if she does not have to. It is her belief, like many judges that people benefit from have input as to the relief they seek instead of a family law judge who is trying to figure out what the truth is. The Judge pays particular attention to the credibility of the parties, their demeanor, their respect for the court and like always, their appearance.
EXPERIENCE BEFORE JUDGE RODRIGUEZ
My office has successfully appeared before Judge Rodriguez in Jersey City Family Court for numerous cases including: divorce trials, uncontested divorces, settled divorces by way of property settlement agreement, consent orders, New Jersey child custody applications, emergency proceedings, New Jersey child support modifications, motions to reconsider, alimony modifications, motions to release passports, motions to permit travel outside of the United States, motions to relocate out of the State of New Jersey, emancipation cases, child tax deduction disputes, and parenting time cases/parenting time modifications.
While every case is different, it is very important to know the style of the Judge you appear before. Knowing what to say and what not to say is very important when presenting a case before a family court judge in New Jersey because the judge is the jury in a family law case. Knowing your audience will only give you a better chance to persuade the court for your client. For example, you would not argue before a blind judge that your client who can only see out of one eye cannot work, the Judge will throw you out of the court! (not really but I do not think your argument will go far). Jersey City family court attorney Santo Artusa and his team are skilled in child custody and child support related issues before Judge Rodriguez, Judge Ospina and other Jersey City-Hudson County Judges in family court. We are ready to represent your interests today. Our office is located less than half a mile from the Jersey City courts including the family and criminal courts and we can help you today, even on short notice. We can be reached for a consultation on the phone on 201-706-7910 to see if it makes sense to work together on your issue.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU RECEIVE COURT PAPERS TO APPEAR IN COURT OR RECEIVED MOTION PAPERS FOR JERSEY CITY-HUDSON COUNTY
If you received court papers indicating you must appear in court or motion papers that indicate you must respond in writing to the Jersey City-Hudson County Family Courty, you should contact a local Jersey City family law attorney immediately as you only have a certain amount of time to respond to the paperwork you received.
Advocating for clients in Jersey City at the Hudson County Superior Court takes: patience, persistence, toughness, respect for others and a positive attitude. Being a Jersey City lawyer who also lives in Jersey City, I understand the people, I understand the Judges and regardless how good someone claims to be, sometimes the facts are strongly against you but you need to make the best of every case you work on and be persistent. Hudson County is home of many small firms and solo offices. Even the “bigger” firms are small and do not have any “wiz kids.” When the time comes that you need to hire an attorney for any reason, whether you have been arrested during a domestic violence dispute, are seeking to file for a divorce, have been served with child custody motion papers, it is critically important to meet with a lawyer as soon as you can. Motions and/or applications for specific relief require an answer within a certain amount of time and that time ticks away very fast. Divorce papers when served properly, require an answer within 35 days or you run the risk of default and a judgment being entered against you. One reason I say you need a positive attitude when in court is because if the matter involves something important, say child custody or parenting time for instance, it is important to come across as caring and at least willing to try and reach a resolution. A person that comes to court expecting everything and not willing to try to work matters out will lead to one certain loser, your child. Despite how much you may currently hate the opposing party or opposing parent, that parent, in most cases, loves your child too and that is the key element in any child custody or divorce case. As a father, I know the most precious time god gave us is the time we have with our children. Abusing that gift by not caring for your kids and or missing parenting time, not paying child support on purpose is terrible. On the other hand, trying to brainwash your children to hate the other parent is just as bad if not worse. My office is dedicated to finding solutions to people’s legal problems, whether its a family court issue, a car accident, a criminal matter and so on. If you or someone you know faces a legal situation, contact us today on 201-706-7910 for a confidential consultation at our Jersey City Office.
As a Hudson County Divorce Attorney, I know the following all to well–A divorce in New Jersey does not go to trial unless on of the parties in the divorce action seeks to do so. It only takes one person to ruin a settlement negotiation and force a trial. While this is fine, you must be prepared and must prepare your divorce case as if you will go to trial from the onset. My team at the Artusa Law Firm is ready to try your divorce case regardless of which issues are in contention ranging from: alimony, child custody, parenting time, child support, equitable distribution, domestic violence/restraining order defense, attorneys fees and even the cause of action (adultery, extreme cruelty etc).
From the time I meet with someone in my Jersey City office, I try to understand what that individual’s case goals are, what are their motivating factors, which issues are more critical than others, are they willing to resolve the case without going to trial, are they willing to fight all the way? The more information I have, the more I can use the tools I have and use the training I received throughout my life. While a divorce is determined in a court room, it is lawyers job to help the Judge visualize how my client’s life is outside of court, how their children are outside of court and how a detrimental order or judgment will affect everyday, real life. A lawyer needs to have the Judge involved in the case and to prevent the Judge from thinking this is just another file with different names, same issues.
A humble wise man once told me, “Negotiate from a position of strength, not weakness.” His name is Curtis Dahl, one of my first mentors and dear friend, who is not an attorney but a business man, father, mentor, uncle, and friend. What does that quote mean to a divorce attorney in Jersey City? Everything. You must be fully prepared to go all the way when negotiating in a family law, divorce law, or criminal law situation.
When Curt told me about negotiating in strength, I was 23 years old, and I had no idea what he was talking about but as time went on, I understood and I apply it daily in my family law litigation practice.
Why would someone negotiate with you if they know you are not prepared or are operating from weakness? They will, but they wont give an inch (if they know what they are doing of course). Preparation is key to excellent representation in any law practice but especially in family law where important matters of parenting time, divorce, child custody and beyond are decided and hard to reverse. By preparing, you are building and strengthening your case, enabling you to negotiate from a position of strength, not weakness. The great Benjamin Franklin said it best, “Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.” At the Artusa Law Firm we believe that preparing for a case is critical and is one of the reasons why people call us from all over the United States to represent them in their family law cases. For more information about me, visit : Hudson County Jersey City Divorce Lawyer.
If you have a family law issue or divorce in Jersey City, Hudson County or beyond, contact us today on 201-706-7910.
Child Custody- the decision as to where a child should live and whether which legal custody (sole vs. joint custody) are very important cases and are heard almost daily throughout the family courts of New Jersey. The above picture of Sir Winston Churchill hangs on the wall of the Artusa Law Firm and is the principle of the firm, to never, never give up! Especially in family law when all seems lost and all seems to be going against you, attorneys that won’t give up is a critical aspect of your case. Child Custody and parenting time are arguably the most critical and important aspects of the law. While a $20 billion merger is critical in the business world, A billionaire without being able to see his son is a poor man. A woman who cannot see her child without supervision is a travesty. Jersey City Divorce Lawyer Santo Artusa knows this situations all to well.
The Artusa Law Firm team is skilled in the critical aspects of family law and how to represent their clients effectively before the Judges of Hudson County, Bergen County, Essex County and beyond. Today, another snow day in February 2014, a wicked winter in New Jersey, we dedicate this day to Sir Winston Churchill on his persistence and his guidance for all of our staff and attorneys at the Artusa Law Firm, the go to law firm for family law matters in Jersey City, Hoboken, Bayonne, Hudson County, New Jersey.
If you have a family law case and feel that your family issues are incredibly important, contact the attorneys who feel family law is the most important aspect of the courts today, contact the Artusa Law Firm on 201-706-7910.
The following information concerns the divorce process in Hudson County, New Jersey, one of the busiest courts in the State of New Jersey.
Step One- The creation of the divorce papers. The person filing the divorce is the Plaintiff and shall remain the Plaintiff for as long as the case goes on. The Judge takes no interest in who filed for divorce first, so if you are second and are considered the Defendant, don’t panic.
Step Two- The filing of the divorce. Once the divorce papers are signed and notarized, the papers are filed on the first floor of 595 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ. The filing fee is $250 or $275 depending on if children/custody is at issue.
Step Three- The docket number and serving your spouse. This can be easy or stressful, depending on if you still reside together or not. If its unexpected, I would imagine, it is stressful, if it has been discussed and planned, then less stressful. You can have your spouse served or your spouse can sign an acknowledgement of service.
Step Four- 35 days. After service, your spouse has 35 days to respond to the divorce or he or she CAN WAIVE his or her right to answer if he signs an acknowledgment of service and waiver of answer.
Step Five- If he or she has signed, move for default. If he or she contests, check my blog on contested issues.
Step Six- Prepare the divorce judgment and go to court, YOU are DIVORCED. If you hire an attorney, a court date could be waived in Hudson County.
If you have a divorce case in Hudson County, contact the team at the Artusa Law Firm today on 201-706-7910.